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Push / Pull | FIELDWORK

Push / Pull

Photos: Julian Hecht.

Lamps for kicking, cramming, swinging and hanging.

Fieldwork created a series of material experiments—verbs to push sail with. We tried to torch it, burn it, boil it and blend it; to stretch and tear it, twist and braid it, drill and pierce it; mould, glue and engrave it, sandblast, bleach and stain it. We microwaved it. We used liquid nitrogen on it.

And it asked for more.

The material is designed to last, to endure the elements. To protect and shelter.

Push / Pull is a series of lamps that celebrate this beauty in strength. It’s where material and interior design meet utility. Where sail once housed people it now houses light. And it wants you to interact with it, to kick and cram it, swing and hang it.

Process images:
Freezing sail to −196°C with liquid nitrogen.
Scoring and dyeing sail.
List of verbs applied to sail.

Created in conjunction with Re-Fab: Design for Sail, a partnership between Canada Place and Vancouver Architecture For Humanity Society (AFH Vancouver) to repurpose the fabric from the old Canada Place sails for new uses. Exhibited at IDSWest 2011, September 29 – October 2.

By Fieldworkers Anna Gukov, Jeffrey Werner, Misha Olynyk, Joshua Doherty, Joji Fukushima.


We are a collaborative group of designers in Vancouver making things and telling stories. We observe behaviour, ask questions, share ideas, refine details, and shape materials. We obsess over: language, culinary exploits, objects, ideas and human activity.